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Rayman Recommends Two Books on Minnesota & Wisconsin Bands [VIDEO]

I've talked on books to add to your rock and roll library in past segments, and I've saved the best for last. Each book goes through every artist or band that charted on the top 40, and top 100 that came from Minnesota and Wisconsin

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix’s Album Cover Banned

In November 1968, a handful of British record stores banned the Jimi Hendrix Experience's new album from their shelves due to its cover art.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Misunderstanding by Phil Collins [VIDEO]

To write song for the album, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks moved into Collins' house in Surrey, England for six weeks. Collins hadn't done much writing at that point, but Rutherford and Banks were very impressed when he played them this song.

 

 

 

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45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona

A delayed flight leads to big trouble for the Doors frontman.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-50 Ways to Leave Your lover by Paul Simon [VIDEO]

In a 1975 interview published in Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews, Simon told the story of this song: "I woke up one morning in my apartment on Central Park and the opening words just popped into my mind: 'The problem is all inside your head, she said to me...'

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30 Years Ago: The Who Say Farewell (Sorta) With ‘Who’s Last’

The Who have toured so much in the past 15 years that it’s amusing to think of the rock titans staging a “Farewell Tour” way back in 1982.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-You May Be Right by Billy Joel [VIDEO]

In this song, Joel takes the persona of a guy who is told he is reckless.

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Wayne Nelson Of Little River Band Tells Us About New Music And A Surprise On November 13th

When you are a fan of a band when you meet them there are expectations that they are a nice person and your experience with them will be something to remember. That has been my experience with The Little River Band.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Pilot of the Airwaves by Charlie Dore [VIDEO]

Released in 1979, this ode to an unnamed DJ was a monster hit for London born singer-songwriter Charlie Dore in 1980 reaching #13 on the US Billboard chart; unsurprisingly it also received heavy airplay in the UK, although it didn't do nearly as well.

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Rayman Recommends a Roy Orbison Book and Video to Add to Your Library

In a previous episode, I talked about building your own R&R library with Last Train to Memphis, a great book about Elvis Presley's early years. In this edition, we'll move on to the 60's with a book on Roy Orbison entitled Dark Star. I combine the book with my

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50 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Banned In Cleveland

The Rolling Stones' appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on November 3, 1964 became the scene of near tragedy.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel [VIDEO]

Joel wrote this song about his first wife, Elizabeth. A pure expression of unconditional love, he gave it to her as a birthday present. Sadly, after nine years of marriage, Joel and Elizabeth divorced in 1982.

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